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LINK 16-Year-Old Environmental Activist Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

This teen has accomplished the near impossible.
(45 can actually be nominated for a peace prize now since they are now nominating children with a twitter account. Come to think of it, maybe not toddlers though)

Sixteen-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday for her efforts to raise awareness about climate change in Sweden, HuffPost reports. “We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees,” Norwegian lawmaker Freddy André Øvstegård reportedly told a Norwegian news outlet. “Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace.” Thunberg reportedly started her efforts after Sweden had the hottest summer on record. She created the #FridaysForFuture movement, encouraging young people to skip school on Fridays to march for action on environmental problems. She also reportedly spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Conference late last year and World Economic Forum in January. “Honoured and very grateful for this nomination,” the teen tweeted on Thursday.

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Does she wanna be president of a large western country? Naps can be accommodated if need be (currently from 8 am to 12 noon, but we're used to unconventional). Any previous occupant will just die when he sees you.

EllenDale Level 7 Mar 15, 2019
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That’s nice ????

Samdude Level 2 Mar 15, 2019
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Don't everyone jump on me for being the dissenting voice, but I have my reservations about whether she really deserves the nomination, let alone receiving the award.

I'll be the first to say I have not read about her, nor her accomplishments, other than this post. In fact, I've never even heard of her.

She's nominated for raising awareness....let me say that again. She's nominated for raising awareness.

Who hasn't been aware of environmental concerns? I grew up in the 60's very aware of environmental concerns due to pollution because of activism going on then. I've actively recycled since the 80's. We've known about climate change since the 90's. A multitude of speakers have addressed the UN about climate change in the past 25 years. So what's so unique here?

I'm not seeing the contribution over and beyond what others have done...other than she is 16, and she is using social media as a platform to spread her message...which, btw, really isn't that unique. I mean Kylie Jenner used social media to promote her cosmetics and now she's the youngest billionaire ever.

I will say I applaud and respect what she is doing. She's a role model for younger generations. However, I'm not sure this is deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize.

linxminx Level 7 Mar 15, 2019

It is because you know little about her that I understand your comment. You should look her up. Just as a tidbit of info on her accomplishments: She started a movement that has mobilized several million children in the world into a strike today for climate change.
Just reading her Wiki will give you an idea: [en.wikipedia.org]
Does she qualify, yes. Just as much as Obama was qualified. Is she the best person, I don't know.

@Lukian Don't get me wrong because what she has mobilized is pretty amazing. However, I feel she will be more deserving with time and results from the mobilization, which hopefully will happen. Martin Luther King Jr. began his campaign for equal rights in 1955. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Nine years where a lot of change occurred. Results, actual results, not just awareness.

I think it's premature for her to qualify for this recognition at this point in her journey.

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go girl

btroje Level 9 Mar 14, 2019
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I wouldn't be at all surprised if, should she win, Greta declines to accept her prize, stating that she's simply doing what needs to be done rather than anything that deserves to be rewarded.

What an absolute hero she is, though. It probably wouldn't be a bad idea at all if we just sacked all leaders right now and put her in charge of everything instead.

Jnei Level 8 Mar 14, 2019

her generation will not be kind to the previous ones now in power.

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I posted this as well. Everyone should be listening to this young lady.

CaroleKay Level 8 Mar 14, 2019

She is really wonderful. I’m so inspired. The kids on our island are having a day of protest following her lead

I think it's worldwide. Out kids are smart and they are our future. We need to hear them.

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